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Finding a club
A great Prague club resource is Rave (www.rave.cz). A Prague nightlife specialist search engine, this link will get you to the dance/music Prague club gig listings and includes the rest of the Czech Republic. It’s in Czech but, I’ll show you how to get the info you want. Imagine you are surfing for Prague club action in Prague about a month (or even a week or a day) before you come here. Do the following:
Go to the Prague nightlife search site at www.rave.cz/party.php (the dance party listing part of the site).
Underneath the “PARTYLIST” menu tab you’ll find a light blue “search box” with some options.
On the right are three rectangular boxes below a Czech question “Kam chces vyrazit?” (Where to you want to search for your Prague club), the middle one says “vyber mesto”, use the dropdown box to select “Praha” (or if you know the exact name of the Prague club that you want choose it from the “Vyber Klub” dropdown box.
Now go to the left hand side which has the question “Kdy chces vyrazit?” (when do you want to search). There are many options:
dnes – today
zitra – tomorrow
tento tyden – this week
pristi tyden – next week
tento vikend – this weekend (weekend includes Friday)
pristi vikend – next weekend
tento mesic – this month
pristi mesic – next month
kdykoliv – whenever
When you click one of the above options a list of Prague club and Prague nightlife venues with webpage info is now displayed on the screen with a small description (sometimes) and if there is a club entry charge (cena). Each Prague club webpage will almost certainly be in Czech but it will show the type of club music genre being offered on any given night.
TIP1: when you get to the individual club webpage then usually the address and opening times can be found on the “Kontakt” tab and the club schedule will be on the “Program” tab.
TIP2: A “real” Prague club i.e. not just a drinking bar with music, will allow free entry Sunday to Wednesday but, have an entry charge Thursday, Friday and Saturday but, it is not big i.e. 50-100kc and even then you may get a free beer.
Below is a collection of Prague nightlife venues for both dance gigs and music but, if you have found the music that you like then the rave.cz website will give you the best Prague club choices.
Prague Nightlife – Techno/Rave – Roxy Club
For Prague nightlife Roxy is still the techno and rave king now with cool metal/glass tables upstairs and new floors. Everything else still a bit rough” looking. I love the way it still describes itself as a “warehouse” environment i.e. dilapidated but it seems to work when combined with the music, lighting and video projection. Cutting edge bands passing through here all the time. www.roxy.cz.
Prague Nightlife – RnB/HipHop – Club Radost FX
Radost FX is a restaurant and bar lounge club upstairs. For Prague nightlife, the heavy soul masses are in the basement. This is a Prague club which can get pretty touristy sometimes, but with a bunch of friends it’s a really cool spot. Recently it has diversified into R’n’B and now has a specialist “Black Music” soul and Hip Hop nights. www.radostfx.cz.
Prague Nightlife – Techno – Club Mecca
Club Mecca has a cool seating area upstairs together with a restaurant that is open till 11PM and downstairs the techno club leaves the ears and eyes with sensor overload. Prague nightlife includes parties every Friday and Saturday, restaurant open through the week. They have different resident DJ’s and also plenty of foreign ones. Webpage has full description of nightly program events in English. Prague tickets for popular gigs are often pre-sold. Prague tickets on the door are expensive and first come first served. www.mecca.cz.
Prague Nightlife – DnB, RnB, Hip Hop – Club Duplex
Duplex Prague is located at Vaclavske Namesti 21 on the 6th floor and has reopened after renovation. Two different dance levels, five bars, professional club dancers and probably the best lightshow in Prague i.e. smart Prague nightlife etc. Check the themed nights as different DJs are playing different styles but the webpage lists the main genres. You go in on the ground floor and take one of the lifts up to the top. www.duplex.cz.
Prague Nightlife – Mainstream – Karlovy Lazne
Karlovy Lazne (next to the Charles Bridge) lays claim to being not only the biggest Prague club but also the biggest club in Europe so don’t hold that against it. Four floors with varying types of mainstream, techno and drum’n’bass mixed music but, does not host gigs. Now a Prague nightlife mainstay. Prague tickets are all on the door. www.karlovylazne.cz
Prague Nightlife – Mainstream – Club Lavka
Lavka (next to Charles Bridge around the corner from Karlovy Lazne). A Prague club completely refurbished after the flood. Used to have the reputation of having lots of single Czech girls looking to get hooked up with expats serving tours of duty in Prague. Still does apparently!!!! Very nice outside garden area. Stay outside for a quiet-ish drink late in the evening and then go back into the Prague club. Pleasant Prague nightlife option. www.lavka.cz
Prague Nightlife – After Party – Studio 54
For Prague nightlife, this is the only decent “After Party” Prague club that I know. If you want a real mix of people and great DJ’s AFTER the normal clubs have closed then this is the place. Located at Hybernska 38 (30 metres before the highway). Opens 0500 to 1300 with each DJ getting two hours. You can download mp3 music from the site to give you an idea of the different types of music each DJ plays. www.studio54.cz
Prague Nightlife – Mainstream – Lucerna Music bar
Lucerna Music Bar is perhaps the most famous Prague club of all and one of the best jazz venues in Prague but, it’s not a jazz club. The smaller club caters to rock and jazz bands. Lucerna Music Bar it a sub-basement club split over two levels with the upper level for seating around the balcony. With a capacity of about 1500 it gets a good vibe and is locally famous for it’s Friday night 90s music night after 10pm. www.musicbar.cz.
Prague Nightlife – Musicbar – Double Trouble
Melantrichova 17, Prague 1. Not strictly a Prague club, it’s primarily a bar with DJ’s coming in 6 nights a week. Reasonable alcohol prices and music. The kind of Prague nightlife at which to start but, I would not plan a whole evening here. www.doubletrouble.cz
Prague Nightlife – Musicbar – Back Doors
Andel, Prague 5. Half a block over from the Novy Smichov shopping centre in the direction of the river. Not strictly a Prague club, primarily a bar/restaurant which has nightly DJ’s playing RnB, Oldies and Popular chart music. Definitely a dinner then dancing venue. Perfectly good Prague nightlife for people staying in this newly developed area. www.backdoors.cz
Prague Nightlife – Jazz Clubs
I’ve now written a special Jazz Clubs page to point you in the right direction.
Prague Nightlife – Open Air
Prague nightlife doesn’t just happen in sweaty basements. In Prague during the Summer you’ll find places that are not open at any other time than the Summer. The first place is at the scenic point on Letna Park (home of the Prague Beer Festival) which also doubles as a beer garden about 100 metres away from the National Technical Museum at the edge of Letna Park as it overlooks Prague. The second outdoor Prague club is “Strelecky Ostrov” (Shooters Island) down the steps mid-way across the Legie Bridge which doubles as a beer garden and gig/theatre venue in the Summer (actually, all of the Prague “islands” come together in an “United Islands of Prague” gig festival). The third outdoor Prague club is the “Czech Riviera” Zlute Lazne which is a riverfront scene about 2km upriver but easily accessible by tram (beach volleyball and sun loungers etc). Take your mosi-spray in the evening. Entry charge for Zlute Lazne is variable depending on the time of day or the event. Excellent Summer nightlife in Prague.
Prague Nightlife – Strip Clubs and Cabaret
Obviously Prague nightlife will be different for everybody but this page is now only for Prague club info regarding music and dance. A specialist page has now been written for people who want strip clubs to be a part of their Prague nightlife. You can find this info on the Prague Stag and Hen page.